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1 ♦ nw Ti p I A3 I ♦ t Ä «n 9? VOL. Vffi MIDDLETOWN DELAWARE, SATURDAY MORNING, AUGUST 21, 1875. NO. 34. Jf i ( I m I CORPORATION OFFICERS. Towa Commissioners. — E. W. Lockwood, President; J. R. Hall, Secretary: L. P. Mc Dowell, J. H. Walker, L. G. Vandegrift. Asssssoa —C. E. Anderson. Treasurer.— Joseph Hanson. Justice or thi Piaci. —DcW. C. Walker. Constable and Poucbman.— R. H. Poster. Lamplighter. — P. C. Schreite. NOTARY PUBLIC. John A. Reynolds. TRUSTEES OF THE ACADEMY. Hon John P. Cochran, Pros. ; Henry Davis, Treas. ; Samuel Penington, Secretary ; James Kanety, B. Gibbs, R. T. Cochran, N.Williams. Pbinoipal or Academy. — L. B. Jones. OFFICERS OF CITIZENS' NAT'L BANK. DiaidroiB.—tienfy Clayton, B. Gibbs, B. T. Biggs, John A. Reynolds, James Culbert son, 1 C. Feoimore, M. E. Walker, J. B. Cazisr, Joseph Biggs. .—Henry Ctayton, -J. R. Hall. 1>R Gash in.—J Tku.ee.—J ohn S. Crouch. DIRECTORS OF TOWN HALL CO. J. M. Cor, Pres.; Samuel Penington, Sec.; J. R. Hall, Treas.; R. A. Cochran, Jas. Cul bertson, Jas. H. Scowdrick, Wm. H. Barr. CHURCHES. FoassT Presbytbeian. —Rev. John Patton, D. D., Pastor. Divine service every Sunday at 10.30 a. m. and T.30 p. m. Sunday School at 9 a. m. Lecture on Wednesdays at 7.30 p. m. Sunday School in the Chapel at Arm strong's every Sunday at 2.30 p. St. Anri's Protsstaht Episcopal.—R ev. Wm. C. Butler, Rector. Service on Sundays at 10.00 a. m. and 0.30 p. m. Sunday School at 9.00 a. m. Lecture on Fridays at 5 p. m. Mrthodist Episcopal, —Rev. L. C. Matlack, D. D., Pastor. Service every Sunday at 10.30 a. m. and 7.30 p. m. Sunday School at 9.30 a. m. and 2.30 p. m. Prayer Meeting on Thursdays at 7.30 p. m. Colored Methodist. —Rev. J. W. Brown, Pastor. Service every other Sunday at 10.30 3 and 8 p. m. Sunday School every Sunday at 1 p. m. m. DIAMOND 8TATE BRASS BAND, a. ai., MASONIC. Adoniram CHAFTSt No. 5, R. A. M. Heels in Masenie Hall on the seoond and fourth Fri days of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m. Union Lodge No. 5, A. F. A. M. Meets on the first and third Tnesdays of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m. Masonic Hall. KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Davos Loben, No.;i4 Meets every Friday evening at 8 o'clock. Lodge room in the Town Hall. PATRONS OF HUSBANDRY. Peach Blosboh G barge, No. 3. Meets every Tuesday evening at 7 o'clock. Grange Room' with Knights of Pythias. L 0. 0. F. Good Samaritan Lodge, No 9. Meets every Thursday evening at8 o'clock. Lodge Room in Cochran Hall, No. 2, Cochran Square. BUILDING AND LOAN. Middlitowm B. A L. Associatioe. —Samuel Penington, Pres.; A. G. Cox, Secretory. Meets •n the first Thursday of every month at 8 o'clock, p.m. Mutual Loa« Association or Middletown. —Jos. H. Scowdrick, Pres.; A. G. Cox, Sec retory. Meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 8 o'clock, p. m. MIDDLETOWN LIBRARY AND READING-ROOM. E W. Lockwood, Pres.; J. T. Budd, Sec'y ; Rooms in Transcript Building. Reading Room open every day untit 10 o'clock, p tn. • Library open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 3 o'clock to 5 p m. AGRICULTURAL ASSOCIATION. Pc« ins. Agricultural and Pomological As sociation.— Charles Beasten, President; J. T. Budd, Secretory ; Wm. R. Cochran, Chairman of Board of Managers. Annual Meeting third Saturday in January. Fair of 1875, October 6, 6, 7 and 8. Meets for practice every Monday evening nt 8 o'clock. POST OFFICE. Omen Hours. —Opens at 6 30 a m and closes at 9 p m every day except Sunday Mails for tha North close at 6.45 a m, and 3.00 p in. Mail for the Sooth doses at 10 a m. Mails for Odessa close at 10.15 am and 7.30 pm. Malls for Warwick, Sassafras and Cecilton close at 10.15 am. DELAWARE RAILROAD. Passenger trains going North leave at 7.04 a ni and 3.14 p m. ; going South at 10.33 a m and 7.55 p m. Freight trains with passenger ear attached; going North, leave at 7.45 p m ; going South, at 6.28 a m. STAGE LINES. with U. S. Mail, leaves of tbe 10.23 am and 7.55 Stage for Odessa, shortly after arrival p m mail trains. Stages for Warwick, Sassafras and Cecilton leave shortly after arrival of the 10.23 a m train. FURNITURE. UNDERTAKING. UPHOLSTERING. undersigned respectfully announces the cRisèns of Middletown and vicinity that he baa on hand a large and well selected stock of handsome and durable Walnut and Other Furniture which be will sell very cheap for cash. Bay ing at wholesale cash rates be fed« assured that be can sell as low at tbe same goods can be bought elsewhere. By buying of him pur chaser* will be saved the freight on their goods from the city. He is also prepared to attend to Undertaking Work • at short notice, nnd in a manner excelled by none. Persons wishing Metallic or Wood en Gaskets or Cate* will find it to their ad vantage to call on him. He has, also, TAYLOR A SOWS Celebrated Corpse Preserver, The to » The Corpæ may be dressed in the finest fab ric* nnd not be foiled, (and can be seen nt nil lime*) ns nothing bnt dry cold air enters the Casket. GEORGE W. WILSON, Practical Cabinet Maker and Undertaker, Middletown Del. Mtl-iam PEACH BASKETS! 100,000 Werden Btov* Peach Baskets, M, 000 Hand-made Whit* Oak Splint Pcaeh Ban kets, for ante aheap, ifyaMj tejmi yty may 16—3m 8myra*,bel. Stltrt firçfrg. LEONE. If 1 bad known, oh, friend so loved ! That ere another autnmn came, Painting the hills with glories rare, Setting the maples all aflame. That when the dreamy, purple light Lay calm and still o'er all the land, That in'the autumn peace and hush Alone and lonely I should stand— I should have come to yon, O love t In the fair summer's vanished calm, Nor waited, dreaming that to yon The weeks wonld bring a healing balm. I had not .blindly failed to know The Master's tender, loving voice Was calling yon—we eould not hear The tones that made your heart rejoice. How could I dream that when I came Yonr loving words and smiles to crave, I should bo led in silent tears To stand beside a new made grave ? Oh, friend so loved ! whose name is linked With all life's holiest memories,* Be near me still, and let me feel The blessed angel ministries. Still let communion sweet bo ours, Sweeter than life could ever bring ; Still let me feel thy presence near, An angel ronnd me hovering. And when, at last, our Father's voice Shall call us to a fairer home, His messenger—our guide—shall be An angel whom we call Leone. at Stora. MARRYING A FOBTUNE. 'Yes, I'll do it, Ralph, even if she is a scraggy, worthless, hairless, dried up, yellow, vinegar-faced old maid I'll marry her, or, rather her fortune !' and, so saying, he leaned himself baok in his ohair, and commenced pulling away as coolly at his cigar as though marrying was the most commonplace, uninterest ing affair ever dreamed of. 'You speak quite confidentially,young man,' returned bis companion, 'perhaps the lady in question won't have you— don't be too conceited, if you have been called irresistible.' 'Fiddlesticks ! I guess my uncle's fortune was the most irresistible part to the New York belles, and I am certain now that my greatest expectations have passed away, there isn't two of them even remembered associating with me. I tell you, Ralph, love is all moon shine—a mere creature of the fanoy— for I have never seen a pretty girl yet that could Bet my heart a palpitating. Money is what a poor, briefless lawyer wants, not love, it is a great deal more substantial, too.' 'Don't doubt it ; but I wouldn't be tied to an old vixen for any consideration,' responded Ralph, and, in my opinion, Bart, you are a fool if you heave your self away. There, now, that advice is free gratis—no fee asked—only do tell me the whole story. 'I can do it in a few words. About a week ago I saved a fine looking, but gouty, old gentleman from being upset out of his carriage on Broadway. He was prefhanin his thanks, learned aky name, and said he knew me by reputa tion ; told me he was wealthy, with but one obild, a daughter, and if I would" come down to Sea View, where he in tended to pass a few weeks, he would make a match between me and her. I modestly suggested that the lady in question might objeot, but he insisted that she could not ; she was devoted to him and heart-whole. There is the verbatum. I then made inquiries of a friend what kind of a girl Mr. Lafourn's daughter was, and they told me she was a scraggy old maid, t have her in my mind's eye, but its no drawback m marry fbr money, and let her after wards take to her cats just the same as she does now. That's all, I'm too lazy to work.' And he relapsed into a profound silence, wondering seoretly what time on the morrow Mr. Lafourn and daugh ter would arrive, 'There, pa ! do you, dear old gooee, listen to the description of your Nell ?' exclaimed pretty little Nellie Lafourn, arranging the enrtaina so that the old gentleman oould overhear the conversa tion on the piazza between the two young gentlesMn just mentioned. 'Confound his impndeneel' growled the old man in a rage, bringing his cane down lustily. 'I'd like to see him get my darling, the heartless wretch, and my money, even if he has got yon mixed up with yonr aunt Lucille.' 'Slightly mixed up, ain't it pa? But after all, how mush the picture is like her,' and she burst into a merry laugh, that caused a dozen dimples to play bide and seek around her cheeks and lips. 'Ha, may I be blest ! I'll send for him this moment, and I'll—Ffl—I'll cane him,* ahnest shouted the irate old gen 'No, indeed yon won't pa; yon let me manage him, won't yon pa? Let him oame—let him imagine Lnmlle is yonr daughter and heiress, and I yonr ni ee e , with no expectations. Wall aee how he will carry himself.' On the next day Mr. Albert»« Gower waited open Mr. Lafourn, and wm for mally introduced te Mies Lneiile La fourn. Ha inquired after the old geqt'a health very affectionately, and soon be came engrossed, apparently in the con versation that was started, but secretly eyeing his intended bride, and he con fessed to himself that the enthusiastio description he had given his friend Ralph, did not belio her, or scarcely do her justice. Just then the door opened, and a graceful young lady, with a great abundance of golden curls and very large eyes, walked in. *My—my niece, Mr. Gower; Mr. Gower, Miss Lee," observed Mr. La fourn ; and Miss Lee acknowleged it with a slight, but nevertheless, grace ful bow. Mr. Gower was enraptured, and the contrast only made his bride-ozpectant more ridiculous ; however, he deter mined to act his part, and, as a chance presented itself, ho whispered in modu lated tones to Miss Lucille that he hoped to become better acquainted with her, though he hated himself for it two min utes after, when he saw Miss Lee's mis chief-loving eyes resting upon him, and realised that she had heard him too. Day after day he called, and propor tionally he fell in love with laughing Nell, and fell out with Miss Lucille ; while she became, apparently, despe rately enamored of him, and wrote him poetry by the sheet, expressing her everlastiifg affection, which he assured his friend Ralph she meant to mean oldness of her love, for he was sure she was invented in Noah's Ark. In vain he tried to make love to Nell. She accepted no attentions from her cousin's lover, so she assured him, and left him more despairing than before. At last he could not endure it any longer, and accordingly sought an in terview with Mr. Lafourn. 'So you have come to propose for my daughter, Mr. Gower ?' querried the gentleman, when he was ushered in. 'No, sir, I have not,' he emphati cally replied. 'I havo come to make a confession—to ask yonr forgiveness, and crave a boon You know how yen camo to make me the offer whieh you did. Well, having been brought up to believe myself independent of the world, and to study a profession more for plea sure than aught else, after finding my self bereft of all hopes, and poor, I gladly accepted of yonr proposal. I scorned the idea of love ; I vowed I loved my case better than any woman on earth, and though I was informed yonr daughter was—was— 'A scraggy old maid,' slyly inter posed Mr. Lafourn. Bart blushed at his own remark, bat prooeeded : 'I determined, provided she would accept me, to marry her for her money. There, air, is the truth, and 1 know I cannot but be lowered in yonr estima tion.' Sinoe I have met your niece, and I've-' 'Fallen in love with her,' observed the father, aiding him along. 'Yes, sir, exactly so ; and I am wil ling, if she will have me, to give up all ideas of wealth obtained by snob mean practice, and go «way and work for her. Do you think there is any hope? Will you forgive me ?' 'Certainly,' he responded. 'I should not want my daughter wedded to any man from such mercenary motivee. I'll oall Nell and see what she says.' And suiting the action to the word be sum moned Nellie. 'This gentleman baa withdrawn his claim to your cousin's hand,' he ob served, taking Nellie by the hand, 'and actually has the audacity to ask for yours. 'And I am poor, Nellie,' ejaculated Bart ; 'but you shall aee that I am no conceited jaekanape. I will go away and commence the practice of my pro fession if you will give me hope.' Nellie looked at her father through blushes. 'But I would be a penniless bride—' 'And all the dearer. If you are not worth working for, you are not worth having.' 'If, then,' sho returned slyly, 'you wait s year and do not change your mind, and if uncle it willing—' 'Which he will be,' interrupted the gentleman. The rase was still kept up. Mr. La fourn gave him letters of introduction to several influential friends, and he went away, and set up work in earnest. For a while he was successful ; at last his talents began to be appreciated, and hs was on a fair way to prosperity. At the end of the year he wrote and told Mr. Lafourn how he had succeeded, and asked if he wonld have any objec tion to his wedding taking place then. He returned, and when he arrived he found his Neil prettier than ever. Mr. Lafourn said nothing, and Bart won dered at his giving auch a oostly wed ding to hia nieee ; bat when he, the bride's father, gave her away he was dumbfounded. As soon as the cere mony was over he rushed to his father in-law. 'What does it mean ?' What shall I tell him ?' rv 'It means that you have married my daughter, sir,' responded the happy parent, 'and we have been deceiving yon all the while. Lneiile ia asy mai den sister.' Bart was paralyzed. 'Your daughter ?' 'And my money, as I promised!— Nellie and I heard yonr conversation and determined to test you. We did so, and Nellie insisted on yonr being tried-' 'You have taken the deceit ont of me.' But, though rich, be did not leave his profession and enter into his care less idle life again ; he steadily pushed his way up, and is now one of the most influential men of the times—which he always avers is more due to Nellie's stratagem than 'Marrying a Fortune.' h Drunk." The word I have placed at the head of this article is now very frequently seen in our newspapers.and police re ports. It has but five letters, and yet to what varied and painful reflections does it give rise. It is a short word, and yet what awful eonsequenoes have followed in its train. In the papers we read : "John Jones. Drunk and dis orderly. Fined ten dollars, or sent Disorderly, sure enough. The whole man, when drunk, becomes disordered from head to foot, and he walks, thinks and acts disorderly if be does at all. Now what is the cause of this disorder and disarrangement of things which takes a man from his home, his busi ne9s, and his family, and shuts him up in the lock-up all night and the next morning oarts him off to prison? What has come over this man that he should permit the police to lay violent hands npon his person and be compelled to submit to the most degrading punish ment ? What was it that took away his liberty, his self-respect and his money needed by his family, and earned por haps by the most severe physical labor? We answer, it was ardent spirits that brought him so low and humbled him ; in the dust. He had drank too much, sixty days to the work-house. No, I will not use this term, because it implies that a man may drink with mod eration. I will then say be bad been drinking, was drank, and therefore dis orderly as a matter of course. He could net be orderly in each a state any more than water could be made to run up hill. • A large number of words are coined from the nse of ardent spirits, drunk— drunkenness, degradation, dissipation, disorder, delirium ; to say nothing of deviltry, damnation, and death. And just look at the words beginning with P. If you drink yon have poverty, privation, palsy and pain, as well as the prison and the poor-house staring yon in the face. So, young man, if you wish to save your credit and character, don't drink. If yon do, you' permit others to have power over either your person or your purse, two things over whieh a man should have the most ab solute control. In passing through life you will be many times invited to take a sooial glass, and perhaps in case of refusal at tempts will be made to dreg you to the bar ; but I aay resist if it breaks friend ship, and tears the coat from your back. Let no man or woman tempt you to drink. The .moment a man drinks, treats or is treated he ceases to be inde pendent and responsible, and by these acts places himself in the power of others, and is on the road to rain and death. a of A Sharp Lawyer. The Melbourne (Austrailia) Argus tells the following story ; "A gentleman of the legal profession, at one of the great mining centres hav ing spent a gandy evening at a leading hotel, found tbe evening air too much for him. Instead of reaching the bosom of his family he gravitated to the look up, with the mnoh needed assistance of a servant of the Queen in fall uniform. The lock-np keeper didn't know him, and consequently couldn't send for his friends to bail him oat, as is frequently done by those tender-hearted officers of justioe. So he was allowed to sleep until 7 in the morning, when he was aroused and asked his name, whioh he promptly said was 'Johnson.' He ob tained soap, water and a clothes-brush. He was refreshed by a cup of tela. He then proposed to the lock-np keeper that the officials should walk beside him to tbe Police Court. When the time eame this was done, and, by keep ing the officer in earnest converse, it appeared as though tbe lawyer was en gaged upon some business before the Court, and when the name of Johnson was called, he calmly rose, and said, 'I appear for the prisoner, yonr Wor ship.' 'What !' said the Police Magis trate, 'do yon deny that he waa drank?' 'Oh, no,* he replied, 'he was very drank, bnt he is very sorry for it.' 'Five shillings or six hoars' imprison ment, said the Police Magistrate. 'I will pay hia fine myself,' said the ready witted gentleman, who in this instance showed that the man who is his own lawyer hasn't alwnys t fool for e dient." the Then are from 60 to 100 per eent. profit on sewing machines. ii » Owe No Man Anything. "I do not owe a dollar in the world," was the remark of a subscriber last week, as he handed us his sub scription for the present year. He was a man a little past the meridian of life, hale, hearty and strong. Ho is the pos sessor of a landed estate and owns goodly share of worldly possessions. He is one ef the best farmers in our county and his homestead and surround ings is a picture of neatness and a model for less thrifty farmers. This gentleman has a history and being acquainted with his early strug gles, as given to ns by those who know him more intimately than we, we pro pose to revert to the true seoret of his success ; believing it may tend to en courage the sons of toil who are strug gling with poverty and striving to climb the steeps of independence and lay up for themselves a competency for old age. Like the most men of the present day, who have become the solid men of this age, this gentleman began life poor and without the aid of those possessing the means to assist him, battled with the world and by dint of energy, incessant labor, frugality, abstemious habits, step by step, fought his way through ad verse circumstances, surmounting ob stades and overcoming difficulties, until he reached the solid ground of indc must have been great self-denial. The great secret of his success has been in the true theory "nover spend the dollar before it is earned." "A dollar saved is a dollar made," is a trite old adage, and is as truthful now as in years gone by, and those who thus carry out liter ally this axiom, cannot fail to succeed in life. But the reversing of this role has bankrupt thousands. There is an army of young men in the land who despise labor and are oontinually at their wits end to know how to provide for their physical wants. They depend upon their parents or friends to furnish them with food and raiment. They are drones in the great busy hive of life. They are living upon the labor of others and eating ent the very substance of the land. They are paupers upon the char ity of their friends and are as useless as the potato beetle. Instead of not owing any man,they owe everybody and are not the least concerned about the pay. By such a course of conduct they cripple the energies of our business men ; destroy confidence, become dishonest, careless, worthless and finally suffer want and misery. To all snch thriftless prodigals,wast ing their time in inert idleness, we would say imitate the example of the gentlemen alluded to. Work,labor to be useful to yourself and the community. Avoid the extravagances of the times. Limit yourself to yonr real wants and let the imaginary and foolish ideas con oeived and nntnred from the false no tions of others be abandoned. Be frugal, honest, industrious and sober. Avoid debt. "Owe no man anything." —Denton Union. Tub Old Clock.— An aged man stood before tbe famous old clock in the cathedral at Strasbnrg. Three master artists had made it a life-work ; and there it was, wonderfully complete, able even to give the movement of tbe stars and planets. On each day of tbe week a different figure appeared, and "at the end of every hoar an angel raised his sceptre, as if to give the signal for striking, while another turned an hour glass, then a lion began to roar, a cook to crow, flapping his wings at the same time. Four figures, representing tbe four ages of man, strnok upon four bells, indicating the quarters of tbe hour and after them appear the figure of Death, to strike tbe funeral knell to the hoar gone by, ne vor to return," the old man sighed. "It is indeed an alle gory, designed as a warning picture of the fleeting hours of man," cried he. "By and by a mighty angel will come down from heaven and with his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth, declare that time shall be no longer." The old man was thinking of what St. John saw in the Revelation. He sighed again, and even wept to think how the years of his life had slipped away unimproved. Common-sense is an element in whioh many persons are sadly wanting. Com mon-sense implies sound perception, correct reason, mental capacity and good understanding. It is not to be acquired entirely by education ; it is a sort of instinot. It may be polished and made more aonte by experience. There is a great deal of so and philoso phy in a little common-sense sometimes, and the exercise of it npon certain occa sions wonld save many men from mneh subsequent humiliation. The oolored Hooriers talk of taking the queation of their eivil right to marry white women up to the United States Supreme Court. This isn't the right kind of a "oourt" to settle suoh ques tions. Fishing for Mermaids. The rude sarcastic frontiersman of the Houston (Texas) Age takes occa sion to satirize the eastern young man who travels for his health and can't lick nothin' by telling the following story A delicate, but self-satisfied youth of great Gotham, recently found himself in one of our New Mexican ooaches In leaving the towns of Los Croces, the shoddy exquisite placed himself care fully upon the back seat by the side of a miniature rifile and fishing tackle, which be carried as a part of his bag gage. As the coaoh drove over the Acequi bridge the youth saw a picture which caused his heart to dance with delight. In the shade of the tall cot tonwood trees whioh lined the banks, gamboled a group of Mexican girls by the limped waves of the Aeequia. 'For God's sake, Mr. Driver, what are those beautiful animals ?' 'Them are mermaids,' answered the stageman, suppressing a twinkle in both eyes. 'Oh, hold on just one minute !' and out went the exquisite with line and rod, while he threw the hook toward the laughing group with a gesture of beseeching agony! The gay throng gradually closed on the fascinated fisherman, as he sat upon the bank drinking in the rapturous scene before him, but paying but little attention to his line or bait k Suddenly a bltck-eyed Peri of about fifteen caught the end of his pole, and, with a dexter ous movement, landed the fisherman into the middle of the Aeequia. Every mermaid of the batoh immediately took lively interest in irrigating their cap tive, who only succeeded in crawling up the Aeequia bank after a desperate struggle, and very muoh iq tfie condi tion of a Norway rat. A washerwoman at the next station declared she never saw so much Rio Grande mud on one suit of olothes in her life, and the young man was beard to mutter often to himself, 'D—d hard fish to catch, those Mexioan mermaids.' Pluoky Children, There are some plneky little girla on the north aide. ' A oironmstanoe that happened on Wednesday morning shows that two of them at least have more than ordinary courage for their years. They are the children of e well-known business man who resides on Pierson street, and their ages are seven and ten respectively. Their father had left the house on the morning in qnestion for his place of business about 8 e'olook, leaving the children together, the old est being in her teens. This latter was in the rear part of the house somewhere, when the two young ones went into the parlor, and oame npon a man who was stealthily walking aoross the floor to wardi the mantel, evidently searching for somthing. The older of the two at once, nothing daunted, went np to h im and, taking him by the arm, asked him what he wanted. The man gruffly mat tered that he wanted "gold," where upon the ohild said they bed none for him and told him te leave. He said then that if he couldn't get gold that he wanted a girl, and, without showing an inclination to leave, sat down on the aofa. The smaller child ran into the rear part of the house, seised a broom, and came iu with it pell mell, while the other child ran to the hallway and •ailed to her father, pretending he was in the house. The intruder, fearing he weuld be ejected rather forcibly, if not arrested, at onoe made his way out of the house, the children running after him, and the little one in particnlar giving him a parting tap with her broomstick. The man had found the front door open, and had gone in to help himself without any ceremony probably also knowing that tha head of the fam ily was absent.— Chicago Timet. * Nbably Strangled by a Snakb.— The Utioa Observer of a few days since relates this story : 'A girl, 14 years old, in tbe emyloy of Jerome Brock way, has been spending a few days in the wilds of Pike county, Pa., and had narrow escape from being strangled death by a black snake. She was sent by her mistreü out into the woods piok whortleberries. She crosaed the lake in a small row boat, and, ac companied by a small Newfoundland dog, walked about three-fonrths of e mile into tbe woode, where the berries were plenty. After filling her basket she sat down on a log and ate bet lnneh. As she waa abont to start for home a Urge blaok snake sprang about her neck and began ohoking her. The affrighted girl screamed at the top of her' voice for aisistanoe, but there was one near enough to hear her eries. length, when ahe waa ao exhausted that she was nnable to cry out, the snake twisted its head aronnd so that the girl eould reaeb it. At first aba waa afraid to tonoh the monster. Then realising that she must do something perish, she eaught the snake about neek and choked it nntil it relaxed hold and fell to tha ground. The girl then threw it against a rook and sooeeedad in killing it. 8he tied a email hiokory withe around the snake's neek and dragged foot and slave it hams, It measured n inohes.' Becollections of Boyhood. When I was a boy, my father on one occasion sent me to the mill for grist. On arriving there, I saw some young sters in an adjoining field playing ball. After tying .my horse to a tree, I went over and joined in the game of ball. When it was over, I returned to the mill, which, to my astonishment, was closed for the night. My horse, to add to my annoyance, had broken loose and wandered homeward. I was two miles from home, and had to foot it. On nearing our house, I saw my father step from behind a tree ; but unaware of his motive, I boldly marched toward him, full of excuses. As I reached the tree, he stepped from behind it, and, swinging a stout hiekory switch, he laid it on me vigorously, yelling at every stroke : 'Are you going home, sir ?' 'Yes, sir,' I replied, jumping around 'quite lively, and he striking me at every jump. Of course we made quick time home. A few days after, while the old man was feeding the sheep, and in the act of stooping, a oross ram in the flock Btruck him head-foremost in the rear, and sent him sprawling on the ground. As he got up on all-fours, the ram charged again, striking him in the same place. They repeated this performance half a dozen times, while I lay behind the fence, yelling : 'Are you getting home, sir?' The old man, although a pions elder of the church, after alighting on all-fours on the other side of the fence, began robbing the injured part of his body, and said : 'D— that ram !' in Shepherd Dogs. In Southern California you may see on the plains and hills thousands of sheep, bat not a man to watoh them. Aronnd each flock or band of, say a thousand aheep, are half a dozen dogs, whose progenitors were imported from the pastures of the old world. These dogs take the entire care of the sheep ; drive them tz pasture in the morning, and bring them home at night. These dogs have inherited a talent for keeping sheep ; but the shepherds do not depend wholly on that. They cultivate it in this way : When a lamb is born it is ore she has seen it, and a puppy put in its plaoe. When the puppy grows old enough to eat meat, it is fed in the morning aud sent out with the sheep. It stays with them because if is accus tomed to be with its mother, but it can not feed with them. As they get full the dog gets hungry. At length, im patient to return where it hopes to get another piece of meat, it begins to tease and worry its mother, and finally starts her home ; the other sheep follow, and thus the whole flock is brought in. If the dog brings the Bhecp home too soon, or comes home without them he gets no supper, or is punished in some way. Hence he soon learns when to come, and sees to it that none of his charge are left behind. These animals are trained by taking advantage of their instincts and appetite. taken from its mother A Wild Boy Caught.—A gentle man arrived, from Marcos yesterday, and brought the news of the capture of wild boy a few miles from that plaoe. The boy was first discovered wallowing in a pond of shallow water, and when approached he broke like a quarter horse, rnnning about a mile before he could be overtaken by men on ponies. Riding up near, the boy was lassooed, when a fierce contest ensned, tbe strange being striking, kicking, and lunging about in the most fearful manner, and apparently being frightened almost to death. Finally he was overpowered, tied, and taken to the house of the man who first discovered him. His body was discovered with hair about 4 inches long, and from sise and appearance he supposed to be about 12 years old. He is unable to talk, but possesses rea soning power, and now follows hia cap tor aboni like a dog .—Austin ( Texas ) Statesman. An Impressive 8ioht. —There were nineteen of them—exactly nineteen, and they marohed down the school house lane in double file—all but one. He marohed alone at the head ef the eolumn. They were noble young men. They had high foreheads and intelli gent foces, and there wee a stern, de termined look on eaeh face—a look whieh «aid that they would die at their eonntry*a call. Were they going to resene of some kind sentiment whieh the wieked world waa trying to blot from the heart« of men ? Were they going to the suooor of the unfor tunate and distressed ? No, not a cent's worth—they were going out lo play base ball. It waa an imposing sight to' them maroh, eaeh form ereet, eaeh in time, each face bearing that look whieh warriors wear when the roar of battle ia loudest. If every one of the nineteen had been on their way to thé woodpile or the cornfield, the right oonld not have been more grand and thrilling. * Tan 8tales eleot Governors this foil. "We have no more money now than we had in September, 1873.' know one fellow who hasn't as mach. Connecticut fanners make more by raising onions than they do raising tobacco. Thero are more scents in 'em. We In India and China the people to take to the use of opinion as if by instinct, and it does not permanently injure them. seem Future hard winters in Buffalo are not to be as profitable to plnmbcrs as last year. The pipes havo been relaid six feet deep. The corner stone of a Protestant church in Pittsburg was laid last woek on a Sunday ; there was a procession, brass bands, etc. Never waste a fly in huckleberry sea son. One fly in a plate of huckleber ries is said to contain more nutriment than three berries. Documents have just been discovered whioh show that Nero didn't even know how to fiddle, and that he was an up right, conscientious man. It now turns out that the buzzard is a noble-hearted, liberal minded, con scientious bird, and Audubon clubs owe him an apology written on parch ment. Swimming is an adopted branch of public school education in England, and in London there are some 5000 children of both sexes taught to swim. Clara Morris owns pets, loves and weeps over thirteen little dogs, any one of which wouldn't sell for two shillings at an Alabama auction. During a thunder storm in* Maine the lightfling killed a horsejwprth $300 and never touched an old cow which had just kicked a woman senseless. Prussia miut be a paradise in one respect. It has only one lawyer to each 12,000 inhabitants. In this un fortunate country we have one lawyer to every 879 inhabitants. A frog as big as a cow's head, and with a voioe like a dog, has been seen m Montreal. The gourmand of the New Bedford Mercury speak# for one of bis hind legs for supper. A Tribune correspondent oomplains of the "Tolls at Niagara." Wo can't see how they can be avoided, though, so long as the place continues such a favorite resort for the belles. - Mix cyanhydric, sulphuretted hy drogen, formic, acetic, propionic, but srio, valerianic and carbolio acids, and half a dozen kinds of alkaloids and creosote and you have tobacco smoke. Florence Marryatt (Mrs. Ross Church) is said to be not far from forty years old, and the mother of a married daughter, but she is generally spoken of as a young lady. A Kansas woman has, like the wo man of Samaria, had seven husbands ; but they are all living, and there is no danger of any one of them claiming her in the next world. Ladies at New London bathe in patent bathing dresses whioh contain corsets, gloves and shoes. Some ladies look better in them than they do in their ordinary costumes. The Sultan of Turkey says that ho will chop the head off of any man who complains about high taxes, and all Turks consequently remark their taxes were never so low as now. The Chronicle, of Norwalk, Ohio, says : "They must have been engaged, for in the ice cream room the Either evening he blew her oream for thirty minutes so it wouldn't scald her mouth. The army worms are so thick at Rockland, Me., that they can scaroely be kept out of the houses, and covor the fields so completely that a person can't walk without orushing them by the quart. After all, there's no place like hoe'm," as Spilkins remarked yester day, when, on his return from Long Branch, Mrs. S. promptly ordered him out to his regular duties in the potato patch. Bouoicault is playing the "Shangh raun" in San Franoisco. Hie first week was the greatest ever known in the an nals of the stage on that coast, the re ceipts being $12,496 gold, equal to $15,200, currency. The Indiana Courts hold that the fact of a girl's being engaged to several gentlemen at once does not bar her from the privilege of sueing eaeh one succession for breach of promise. This opens up a new industry. The dancing procession in the Ger man festival of Echternaeh, must be an imposing affair. Contemplate 13,137 priests and pilgrims and musicians, in a recent parade, taking two steps back ward for every three steps forward, ad libitum. * Up in northern Maine, the other day, two jonrnalietie anglers eanght 233 nice trout in abont three hours. They fished off the shore of the pond, "and threw the trout into a two-foot enow Does not that wund drift to oool. refreshing ? »?